This gravestone marker is from the Goldfield Pioneer Cemetery in Goldfield, Nevada. It marks the grave of the “Unknown Library Paste Man” who was a starving vagrant who dug up a tub of library paste out of the trash and consumed enough to be a lethal dose. In addition to the flour and water, the paste contained small amounts of alum, which is poisonous when consumed in large doses.
Egotism, laziness, hysteria: reasons to be admitted to 1800s insane asylum: Rachel says, "If the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (located in Weston, WV) is anything to go by, we should all be locked up forever! From 1864 to 1889, this West Virginian hospital admitted all kinds of people to its insane asylum and we’ve got the list of ailments to share with you."